ever think this web site would still be getting updated in 2005? No way!!
that we're still at this 18 months later, but it really will be done soon.
We've got Paul (contractor)
coming back to tie up loose ends, some new help with tile and the master bathroom,
and the carpet installation.
had a very small informal gathering of friends for New Year's Eve, and we
to host some much bigger gatherings. Our friends Jerry and Lucy hadn't been
the demolition in August of '03 so they were blown away. Joe, who helped us
in 4 months ago was even surpised at the changes since then, so that made
us feel good...
we actually were making progress. It's hard to see the overall progress sometimes.
Of course, all we have to do is check out the past photos here to remember
01.10.05 Paul built a shallow closet enclosure
in the back room to cover the
electrical breaker box (code requirement). Don covered the master closet wall
loft shelf with scrap particle board left over from the temporary bedroom
a few months ago. The closet was then painted and re-filled with junk! Once
carpet is put in here, though, we have a bunch of new closet organizer units
Don has also begun installing the ceiling in the office.
Originally planned to be
metal like the other rooms, we shifted gears on this one. Instead, we decided
a new and unique material that we got from architect Gary Orr when he demo'd
old office in December. These are acustical boards that are usually used in
and auditoriums. They are made from cedar shavings and concrete, and provide
very cool, natural and textural look to the room. The office was painted with
same tan creme color ("Haze") as the master bath, so the color of
the ceiling was
The master bath is cleared out to finally make room
for tile work.
01.12.05 Dylan (the new guy) installs the bathroom
tile floor and the two rows
under the living room rolling doors.
01.13.05 The living room tile awaits grout and
the office ceiling is finished with an
8-inch wood panel trim at the glass wall.
01.14.05 Paul begins installing the office panelling
wall and finishes the trim
around the entry area post and beam.
01.15.05 The entry foyer, dining room and living
room are cleared out and swept
in preparation for the carpet installer.
Carpet guy Jeff, from A & P Carpet / Hampton Floors,
shows up and gets to work
placing nail strips.
Jeff carries in a roll of padding and a while later
all the pads are cut and taped.
Glue is poured along the edges of the pad to keep it
from moving around under the
carpet. The carpet is laid out on the driveway to measure and cut. Notice
garage doors are plywood free! It took four tries to finally get the window
made to the correct dimensions (two mistakes by Don, two by the manufacturer).
Jeff rolls out the first section and manuvers it in
But time runs out and we'll have to wait for tomorrow
to finish. All the furniture is
moved back in from the patio.
01.16.05 - Jeff returns to start trimming and stretching.
The carpet edges look great up against the tile and
A detail of the carpet. At first it seems to be just
long worm-like strands running
from front to back, but when viewed from just the right angle, you can see
swirls all over the floor. If you look near the top of this photo, you can
glimpse of the swirl pattern. (It's hard to catch with the camera)
01.17.05 - The newly carpeted house photo tour!
View from the entry looking toward the foyer and dining
room, planter on left. The
new credenza was just purchased at in downtown Sac. We couldn't
believe how perfect it fit in when we got it home.
Vertical views, left and right, of the entry foyer under
the raised roof dormer.
Reverse view looking back to front doors with planter
and living room on right.
View of dining and kitchen from foyer.
Living room with kitchen in background. Now if we can
just find the perfect retro
modern sectional to replace our couches. Hallway leads to the boys bedrooms.
Views from living room toward planter and entry foyer.
View of living room rolling
door. The TV in the corner still needs its built-in entertainment center.
View of foyer, dining and living room from behind kitchen
island. The doorway in
the center of the illuminated frosted glass wall leads to the office and master
The kitchen. It still needs one missing door above microwave,
counter edge trims,
toekicks and baseboard around the step-up floor.
01.20.05 - Don and Dylan get a good portion of the wood-grain
tile into place
arround the tub.
The tile still needs grount. Meanwhile, Paul works hard
to get the wood covers
installed over the last of the ceiling beam in the master bedroom.
01.22.05 - Don and Diana worked the better part of a
day getting the master closet
system into place and istalling the bathroom cabinets and trims.
01.27.05 - Freelance plumber Gabriel returned to hook
up the toilet, sinks and bath!
The grout and caulking haven't been done yet, but we
just have to test out the
whirlpool tub jets. They work great!
TO NEXT MONTH
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